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Court orders Mugenda to produce KU contract in 3 days


Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Prof Olive Mugenda has been directed by the Labour Relations Court to produce her work contract within the next three days.

Judge Hellen Wasilwa directed the embattled VC to do so after she complained through her advocates that the court has interfered with her contract and gone ahead to rewrite it.

According to the judge, production of the contract is necessary for proper determination of the matter.

“She should provide in court a copy of the said contract for purposes of determining the applications pending in court within three days as in the circumstances, the court cannot determine whether her contention is correct or not without seeing the copy of the said contract,” she ruled.

However, the judge said recruitment of a new VC at Kenyatta University will remain pending until determination of the petition.

According to the university’s charter, Mugenda is set to retire this month but has continued to hold office unlawfully hence likely to influence the ongoing recruitment excise.

Human rights activist Okiya Omtatah had moved to court seeking Mugenda’s ouster arguing that she has completed the mandatory two terms and should vacate office immediately.

Mugenda was appointed Vice Chancellor in 2007 and then reappointed in 2012 by then President Mwai Kibaki for another five years.

Mugenda joined the university as a tutorial fellow in 1981 and rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Planning.

When the position of Vice Chancellor at the university was advertised, she applied and beat three other applicants and became the first Kenyan woman to hold the position, in April 2006.

However, her re-appointment in March 2011 was controversial after the University Senate failed to advertise the position for competitive recruitment forcing Wilfrida Itolongo, Muma Solomon, Elena Korir, Martha MIayandazi and Fred Obare to go to court to challenge her appointment.

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